Sing and Sing On : Sentinel Musicians and the Making of the Ethiopian American Diaspora.

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University of Chicago Press,, Chicago, United States, p.1 online resource (469 pages) (2022)



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(OCoLC)fst00915894, (OCoLC)fst00915906, (OCoLC)fst01030414, (OCoLC)fst01030444, (OCoLC)fst01030837, Américains d'origine éthiopienne, Aspect politique, Aspect social, bisacsh, Ethiopia., Ethiopian Americans, Ethiopian Americans., Ethiopians, Ethiopians., États-Unis, États-Unis., Éthiopie., Éthiopiens, fast, General., Music, Music., Musicians, Musicians., Musiciens, Musique, Musique., Political aspects, Political aspects., Social aspects, Social aspects., United States, United States.


Intro -- Contents -- List of Plates -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- Editorial Policies -- Preface: Fundamentals. Toward a Concept of the Sentinel Musician -- Section I. Frameworks -- 1. Thresholds. Ethnography, History, Biography -- 2. Mobilities. People and Music in Motion -- 3. Senses. Ethiopian Sensory Thought and Practice -- Section II. Processes -- 4. Conflicts. Revolutionary Musical Lives -- 5. Movements. Pathways to Asylum -- 6. Communities. Places and Politics in Diaspora -- Section III. Transformations -- 7. Sounds. Performing Identity, Mobility, and the Ethiopian Sound8. Signs. The Genealogy of Orchestra Ethiopia at Home and Abroad -- 9. Creativities. Musical Invention and Diasporic Challenges -- 10. Horizons. Rediscovering Heritage and Returning to Homeland -- Afterword: Sentinel Musicians in Global Perspective -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix: An Overview of Ethiopian Diaspora Communities across the United States -- Glossary -- Notes -- Discography -- Interviews and Communications -- Field Notes -- Bibliography -- IndexA sweeping history of Ethiopian musicians during and following the 1974 Ethiopian revolution. Sing and Sing On is the first study of the forced migration of musicians out of the Horn of Africa dating from the 1974 Ethiopian revolution, a political event that overthrew one of the world's oldest monarchies and installed a brutal military regime. Musicians were among the first to depart the region, their lives shattered by revolutionary violence, curfews, and civil war. Reconstructing the memories of forced migration, Sing and Sing On traces the challenges musicians faced amidst revolutionary violence and the critical role they played in building communities abroad. Drawing on the recollections of dozens of musicians, Sing and Sing On details personal, cultural, and economic hardships experienced by musicians who have resettled in new locales abroad. Kay Kaufman Shelemay highlights their many artistic and social initiatives and the ways they have offered inspiration and leadership within and beyond a rapidly growing Ethiopian American diaspora. While musicians held this role as sentinels in Ethiopian culture long before the revolution began, it has taken on new meanings and contours in the Ethiopian diaspora. The book details the ongoing creativity of these musicians while exploring the attraction of return to their Ethiopian homeland over the course of decades abroad. Ultimately, Shelemay shows that musicians are uniquely positioned to serve this sentinel role as both guardians and challengers of cultural heritage.